Category Archives: Family

Snowzilla 2016 Musings: Is Michael Pollan’s Advice That Useful?

A few weeks ago, the Obama administration released its updated dietary guidelines. The guidelines directed Americans to consume more fiber and vegetables and reduce added sugar. I read many articles on the guidelines, and most of the articles concluded that the guidelines were … Continue reading

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Plenty of Hygge in Baltimore

My brother, who studied abroad in Denmark last year, recently sent me an article about a word that’s become a new, personal, favorite: hygge. Hygge* is a Danish concept that, not literally translated, means “fireplace warmth with candles and family and friends … Continue reading

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And Then We Bought a House.

I love to plan. Seriously, I love, love, love to plan. I plan for every contingency I can think of (no matter how unforeseeable); I plan for other people; and every so often I make fake plans (it’s fun to … Continue reading

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What Would Teddy Roosevelt Say?

During NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, viewers were treated to a mind-blindingly monotonous collection of commercials. One of them, however, particularly appealed to me: the commercial starring the guy from Minority Report (otherwise known as actor Neal McDonough) in which … Continue reading

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A Day of House-Husbandry

Yesterday, I assumed the role of house husband. I greatly enjoyed it. It began with the snow storm on Wednesday night, about which seemingly the entire eastern seaboard lost its collective mind, from the Carolinas up to New England. No … Continue reading

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First Comes Marriage, then Comes … a House?

As you may know by now, Carolyn and I have been living in Baltimore since September, in a little apartment in the lovely neighborhood of Mount Vernon. We love the place; we love Mount Vernon; we love everything about where … Continue reading

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Not Quite a Fan

Last weekend, in anticipation of the Eagles-Cowboys playoff-clinching game, my brother challenged my sister: “Can you name every single Eagles offensive player?” Confident that she could name everyone but, possibly, an offensive lineman or two, my sister picked up the … Continue reading

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Brooklyn: A Book Review

Tanner sips books; I inhale them. While Tanner pauses to re-read beautiful sentences multiple times, I rush happily along past those sentences, trying to fall more deeply and more viscerally into the story. For that reason, every time I open … Continue reading

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A New Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but given that Carolyn has been churning out a manifesto over the past few days, we haven’t had a chance to write about it. So, consider this our Thanksgiving Post. Last Wednesday, Carolyn and I … Continue reading

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What’s Your Name, Again?

Exactly three months ago, Tanner and I were floating in the waters off the Gulf of Mexico in Anna Maria Island, Florida. We were chuckling to ourselves over how successful the wedding had been: it hadn’t rained; the weather had … Continue reading

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